Adult 6 Week Pottery Course
Adult 6 Week Pottery Course
Adult 6 Week Pottery Course

Adult 6 Week Pottery Course

Learn the meditative art of creating with clay! 

There’s something magical that happens when we take time to slow down and create. Come and enjoy one of the oldest art forms as we learn the essentials of working with clay. The focus of this series will be on establishing the basic techniques needed to effectively throw on the potter’s wheel, as well as how to design and create simple forms using tools you can easily find in your home. You can also expect plenty of discussion on considerations for thoughtful design.

This series is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some experience looking for additional instruction to level-up their fundamental throwing skills.

All materials and tools are provided. 

Classes will be held in our beautiful arts wellness studio in Alton Ontario. The address and additional details will be sent to registrants the week prior to the class start date.

Please note that the class is for adults aged 18 and older. (Youth aged 14 and over will be accepted only if accompanied by an adult).


Minimum class sizes:

We require a minimum of 4 participants to register for each class. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the class will be cancelled. You will receive a full refund if your series is cancelled.

Missed classes:

Unfortunately we do not offer make-up classes or refunds for missed classes.

Cancelled classes:

If a class needs to be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances (i.e. instructor illness) a make-up class will be offered in the week following the final scheduled class.


By purchasing and registering for this class you acknowledge that there are inherent risks involved with pottery and you acknowledge that you will be exposed to these risks. These can include but are not limited to the risk of strain or injury from working with heavy machinery and fast moving parts, risk of falls due to spills and slippery surfaces, risk of injury from lifting heavy objects, risk of inhaling clay dust which can be damaging to your lungs, and exposure to chemicals in glazes which may cause skin, lung, or eye irritation. We will review safety protocols to prevent and avoid injury, but will not be held responsible for misuse of anything within the studio or inability to follow or listen to instructions. For your safety you will be asked to wear closed toe, non-slip shoes and tie any long hair back in a bun.

Picking-up your finished pieces:

You will receive an email 4-5 weeks after your final class once all pieces have been through their final kiln firing and are ready to pick-up. You will have 30 days from this notice to come and pick up your finished pieces.

Please note that due to the nature of working with clay we cannot guarantee that all of your pieces will “survive”. Unfortunately we can’t be responsible for pieces which break or crack during the making or firing process. But we are pretty certain that you will finish this series with a new (or renewed) love of working with clay.

General course outline:

Week 1: Working with clay

During week one you will start to understand the cyclical stages clay moves through as it transforms from a wet mass to a finished piece. You will learn how to prepare clay for throwing on the wheel, how to centre clay, and how to “pull” a wall. Small class sizes allow for lots of trouble-shooting and one-on-one support. We will also review studio safety and proper positioning of your body to avoid injury.

Week 2: The reductive art of trimming

We will continue working on our pieces from week 1 in this class. You will learn the art of trimming away excess clay from the bottom of your piece (i.e. establishing a “foot”). Once we’ve trimmed our pieces from the previous week, we will review techniques from week 1 as we create new forms.

Week 3: Getting into the flow

In week 3 we will continue putting into practice what we learned in the first 2 weeks. We will start to discuss overall form, how to plan out your piece, and simple step-wise considerations as you form and trim away clay. You will continue trimming your pieces, as well as practicing your throwing skills in this class.

Week 4: Back to basics; working with your hands

Starting week 4, you will have the opportunity to explore creating vessels using just your hands and basic tools. You will learn how to roll a slab with even thickness and how to create molds and templates using household items. Although instructor demonstrations during this class will be focused on hand-building techniques, students are also welcome to continue their practice on the pottery wheel during this class if that is their preference.

Week 5: Putting it all together

We will continue our exploration of hand building techniques during this week learning how to “assemble” multi-part pieces. Students will also be encouraged to finish up any pieces from previous classes and prepare pieces for their first firing!

Week 6: Glazing

In the final week, you will learn simple techniques to apply glaze to your bisqued pieces. This is the final step to create water-tight and food safe functional pottery. We will discuss considerations for design and overall function and how they relate to glazing.



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